Cerebral Palsy Checklist: Babies & Preschoolersenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-CPChecklistBabiesPre-enHD-AR1.jpgIf your child has cerebral palsy, there's a lot to know. This checklist makes it easy to find out what programs and services may be available to you.cerebral palsy, cerebral palsy Checklist: Babies & Preschoolers, CP, palsy, brain damage, disability, disabilities, disabled, mentally challenged, physically challenged, wheelchair, crutches, assistive devices, early intervention, child care, respite care, estate planning, special education, medicare, home health aides, nurse, nursing, special needs09/10/201512/04/201812/04/2018Larissa Hirsch, MD09/14/2015b4bcc9af-ba7b-48b9-893f-42487d916c20https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cp-checklist-younger.html/<p>When your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP), there's a lot to learn. You are faced with new terms like "special needs" and "early intervention." You have to figure out health care and childcare, and find the best path forward for your child. It's normal to feel overwhelmed. But don't worry &mdash; you're not as alone as you might feel.</p> <p>In fact, many resources and support services are available to you. Still, it can be hard to know what's best for your child. This 8-step checklist can help you determine which early steps to take to help your baby, toddler, or preschooler.</p> <h3><strong>Step 1: Contact Early Intervention</strong></h3> <p>Kids with special needs are entitled by federal law to extra support to help them reach developmental milestones such as walking, talking, and self-feeding. These services are called early intervention and can be offered by therapists at home, daycare, or another facility.</p> <p>Each state runs its own early intervention program. Ask your pediatrician for a referral or visit the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center <a href="http://ectacenter.org/contact/ptccoord.asp">directory</a> for state-specific contact info.</p> <h3>Step 2: Consider Help at Home</h3> <p>Your child might have trouble eating and swallowing, have seizures, or need medicines at regular times. In-home care from a medical professional can be helpful for your child and give you a break from round-the-clock caregiving.</p> <p>This type of care can be arranged through your hospital's care management team. This team usually includes nurses and social workers, who can help you figure out what type of help you need. You also can ask your child's doctor for a prescription and referral for in-home help.</p> <p>Contact your insurance company to find out whether you have coverage for this care.</p> <h3>Step 3: Look Into Medicaid</h3> <p>Even if you have private health insurance, your child might qualify for <a href="https://www.medicaid.gov/index.html">Medicaid</a>, the federal health insurance program that provides coverage for people with disabilities. Medicaid can cover treatments that are not covered by your private carrier and can help ease out-of-pocket medical costs.</p> <h3>Step 4: Find Childcare</h3> <p>By law, childcare providers cannot discriminate against children with special needs. However, you do want to be sure that the day care center or childcare provider you choose has the skills and setting necessary to safely accommodate your child's needs. In many cases, the state agencies that handle early intervention can provide referrals to appropriate childcare providers.</p> <h3>Step 5: Secure Your Child's Future</h3> <p>Speak with an attorney about establishing <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/needs-planning.html/">legal and financial frameworks</a> that will protect your child in the future. An attorney who specializes in special needs law can advise you on the best plan for you and your family.</p> <p>Also talk with a lawyer about creating a will that, aside from financial matters, designates who would care for your child in the event of your death.</p> <h3>Step 6: Schedule Play Dates and Parent Dates</h3> <p>Don't shy away from "Mommy and Me" classes or neighborhood play dates. Children with CP and their parents benefit from socializing. Also consider joining a support group or social group for parents of children with special needs. Being around parents going through similar challenges can help you feel less isolated, and can provide your child with valuable peer experiences.</p> <h3>Step 7: Prepare for School</h3> <p>By age 3, your child will begin to receive any required <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/special-ed-support.html/">educational services</a> through his or her local school. Learn more about navigating the grade-school years in our <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cp-checklist-big-kids.html/">Cerebral Palsy Checklist: Big Kids</a>.</p> <h3>Step 8: Find "Me" Time</h3> <p>Life with a young child is overwhelming for anyone. The best way to gather your strength is to step back and take time for yourself. Trade off"me-time" with your spouse, ask a family member for help, or do a childcare swap with a friend &mdash; you watch her kids one day, she watches yours the next.</p> <p>Look into <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/respite-care.html/">respite care</a> as well. Respite provides caregivers and other family members with a break from the responsibility of caring for a child with special needs. ARCH National Respite Network maintains a <a href="http://archrespite.org/respitelocator">database</a> of respite services. There is funding available in most states to pay for respite care, but funds are limited and waiting lists are common.</p>Lista de verificación de parálisis cerebral: Bebés y niños en edad preescolar (nacimiento hasta los 5 años)Es normal que se sienta abrumado. Pero no se preocupe; por más que se sienta solo, no lo está. Esta lista de verificación puede ayudarlo a determinar cuáles son los primeros pasos que debe dar para ayudar a su bebé, niño pequeño o niño en edad preescolar.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/cp-checklist-younger-esp.html/a3728829-c924-48e8-9910-72882a4c36a9
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Financial Planning for Kids With Special NeedsThese 10 steps can help take the anxiety and worry out of your child's financial future and make sure that your child will be taken care of even after you're gone.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/needs-planning.html/7a324c71-2f03-404e-80de-e94bee1e2f04
Finding Respite Care for Your Child With Special NeedsFinding that perfect person to care for your child can be a challenge. These resources can help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/respite-care.html/ac182f03-7445-409f-b6be-e592121335e6
Special Education: Getting Help for Your ChildKids with special needs may quality for services to help with learning. Here is a guide to getting the help your child needs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/special-ed-support.html/c21b6734-3db7-4dc6-a608-cb1575f8190e
Special Needs: Planning for Adulthood (Video)With info on financial and health care benefits to employment and housing options, this video series can help you plan for your child's future.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/special-needs-adulthood.html/557bba6b-8df0-415b-a8cc-1b86212391e1
Support for Parents of Kids With Special NeedsYou might have more on your plate than most parents, but it doesn't mean you have to do it all alone. Here's how to ask for help and avoid caregiver burnout.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/parents-support.html/1ec27c28-85eb-44dc-9057-ec0ea299847b
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